After the failed referendum Băsescu can stay in office until 2014. (© AP/dapd)
In Romania the referendum initiated by the government to oust President Traian Băsescu failed due to low turnout. According to the election management just 46 percent of the 18 million Romanians on the electoral register cast their ballots on Sunday. Băsescu, however, would be hard put to claim this as a victory commentators say, and demand a chance for new, more credible politicians.